Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DesignConnect Spring Projects

This semester, DesignConnect, Cornell’s student-run community planning and design organization, not only has new officers but also has six new projects in the pipes.  Students have the choice of working on a revitalization strategy for downtown Elmira, assisting the Village of Spencer with a comprehensive plan, drafting recommendations on the revitalization of the Dewitt Mall, generating design suggestions for a local recreation way, engaging community members in a dialogue about pedestrian and bike access-ways along Six-Mile Creek, or providing input on the development of a grocery store in Collegetown.  Whether you are interested in economic redevelopment, transportation, historic preservation, open space, or issues of equity there is a project for you.   What often draws students to the organization are the opportunities to apply classroom principles, develop planning skills, and take a leadership role on campus.  "DesignConnect gave me the opportunity to work with a real client, it was really challenging but I learned what it takes to produce meaningful work a community, and it was amazing to see our plans and design actually used!” said a prior DesignConnect participant. Although most participants hail from the city and regional planning, landscape architecture, or architecture programs, students from all majors are welcome to participate. For full descriptions of the current projects visit the DesignConnect website.  Questions about DesignConnect can be sent to